The Call: Packers at Vikings

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 26, 2013 - 5:44 PM
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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder scrambles and then throws deep to Jerome Simpson incomplete in the 4th quarter. ] Minnesota Vikings vs Cleveland Browns, Minneapolis Metrodome. BRIAN PETERSON • brianp@startribune.com Minneapolis, MN - 09/22//2013 ORG XMIT: MIN1309221654041848

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One man’s prediction: The Vikings QB carousel continues as Christian Ponder gets his second chance. Ponder will be the team’s third different starter in three games. He has vowed to play more relaxed and more confidently, but the Vikings offense has been a mess. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has had more success against the Vikings than any opponent, and that should continue.

Second chance

Ponder had the best game of his career in the 2012 regular-season finale against the Packers to propel the Vikings into the playoffs. He passed for 234 yards and three TDs and finished with a career-high 120.2 rating. Ponder has endured a range of emotions the past month with his rib injury, benching and now his second chance as the starter. He said he feels more relaxed this time. If he can duplicate his performance against the Packers last Dec. 30, the Vikings’ QB saga could become even more intriguing.

Cutting loose

Adrian Peterson admitted this week that he has run hesitantly the past two games because of nagging hamstring tightness in his right leg. The reigning MVP had only 23 carries combined in losses to Carolina and the Giants. Peterson said his hamstring feels better, and he’s no longer worried about running with his usual burst. The Packers are stout against the run, but Peterson has had success against them.

Encore?

The Vikings are ranked 29th in pass defense and are missing their best player in the secondary, safety Harrison Smith. That doesn’t bode well as they prepare to face a quarterback who has achieved historic success against them. Aaron Rodgers’ career passer rating of 116.4 against the Vikings ranks No. 1 in league history vs. a single opponent. The Vikings defensive line needs to generate a relentless pass rush to help out its secondary.

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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